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Wilson looks to defence to front up


By Will Clark

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Academy manager Barry Wilson is looking for a healthy return from the festive derby clashes.
Academy manager Barry Wilson is looking for a healthy return from the festive derby clashes.

The defence’s inability to deal with long balls cost the Caithness club a place in the third round as they crashed 4-2 away to Turriff United.

Returning to league business at Harmsworth Park tomorrow against one of the league’s most physical teams, it is expected the Can-Cans will deploy similar tactics.

In a season where Wick have conceded only four goals in eight league games, Wilson wants his players to maintain that impressive record.

“I think we’ve got a great game on Saturday because Forres will try and do the same as Turriff did,” said the Academy manager. “There’s no hiding the fact that Forres are a team which likes to bully players and are very much a route one team. They’ve got big Lee Fraser up front who the midfield will try to hit at all times, so we need to combat that.

“From their point of view, they won’t want to make the game a passing spectacle, so we will need to show a bit of steel.”

Despite their impressive record in the league, the two cup matches they’ve lost to Brora Rangers and Turriff saw them concede 10 goals.

Wilson is looking for his players to show a bit of character and prove they can rise to the occasion in the big games.

“Those cup games have been so frustrating because in our other matches we have looked so solid,” he said.

“But in the big matches we’ve not defended well throughout the whole team and that is a concern. It is a question mark on the boys’ character – have they got the steel to tighten up when needed and stop losing silly goals.”

James Pickles will be suspended for Saturday’s match after he was sent off last weekend and Grant Steven is still recovering from a hamstring injury.


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